Speaking & Keynotes

My sincere belief is that Thaler is one of today’s most gifted trainers–period. She is especially talented in helping us tell our story– or COMMUNICATE in a way that will best influence whatever audience we address. Since effective communication is critical for our work with clients and constituents, and is required of good managers, and since communication with your community as an advocate for your mission is critical, her presentation should check most of the boxes of what one should expect to learn at a conference; all from one person. –  Dennis McMillian, Former CEO, The Foraker Group


Inspirefest, Dublin, Ireland, July 2018


You can watch excerpts on the Thaler Speaking playlist of the Thaler Pekar & Partners YouTube channel.

You can listen to Thaler on BBC World Radio’s The Forum discussing the Pleasures and Perils of Storytelling.


Customized keynotes, plenaries, and programs have included:

  • Listen Better, Hear More, Free 30-minute Webinar
  • Your Solution Story Matters; Shifting from Problem to Possibility, Keynote, Montana Public Health Association Annual Conference

  • Narrative Enquiry, DHR Communications, Dublin, Ireland

  • Influence, Storytelling, & Storymapping, Collaborative Gain

  • The Limits of Empathy, Keynote, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University

  • How to be a Great Moderator, Philanthropy NY
  • Why Story Matters. How sharing your story can boost your business, Alaska Chamber of Commerce
  • Who Cares About Your Foundation’s History?, with David Isay of StoryCorps, Communications Network
  • Plexus Institute, Storytelling for Leaders, Organizations and Communities – click to listen! [Scroll down mid-page]
  • How to Develop & Deliver a TED-Style Talk, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships, delivered by Jay Rhoderick
  • Beyond Storytelling: Building a Narrative Organization, Organizational Development Network of New York
  • Heart, Head & Hand®: The Science of Persuasive Communication, Women Presidents’ Organization 16th Annual Conference, and Women Presidents’ Organization, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Storytelling & Narrative Persuasion, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Executive Masters in Communication Management
  • The Sweet Spot of Communication, interactive webinar series, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships

  • The Basics of Organizational Storytelling, Smithsonian Institute
  • Let Your Ideas For Change Be Heard: Conquering Complexity with Story, closing plenary, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships Annual Meeting
  • Productive Partnerships: Building Trust and Creating Collaborations, opening plenary, New Jersey Non-Profit Conference
  • From the Basement to the Boardroom: What Makes Your Story Great and How Can You Make it Even Better?, South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW)
  • How to Find Stories that Interest the Media and Support Your Cause, Global Health & Innovation Conference
  • On Telling and Drawing: Communication Strategies and Visual Organization in Design, LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL
  • Story as a Persuasive Sales Tool, Intrado Inc. National Sales Meeting
  • The Story of the Science of Story, teleconference
  • Grand Rounds, Residency Program in Social Pediatrics, Montefiore Medical Center

Interested in customizing a program for your organization or team? Please contact us.

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

May 7, 2019
CTAM Communications Strategies Course

April 11, 2019
Storytelling and Social Change, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 20, 2019
Starion Bank, North Dakota

March 19, 2019
North Dakota Council on the Arts

March 11-15, 2019
WBENC National Summit & Salute, Houston

February 21, 2019
Public Engagement for Academics: The Use and Abuse of Story, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 5-8, 2019
FRANK conference, FL

December 14, 2018
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, NYC

December 9 & 10, 2018
Private Client, Phoenix

December 7, 2018
United Nations Population Fund, NYC

November 15, 2018
NationSwell Summit on Solutions, NYC

October 30, 2018
Listen Better, Hear More, free Waggl webinar

October 24 & 25, 2018
Behavioral Summit, NYC

October 18-21, 2018
National Harm Reduction Conference panelist, New Orleans

October 10-12, 2018
Communications Network, San Francisco

September 25-27, 2018
Participatory Narrative Program, San Diego

September 12 & 13, 2018
Building Narrative Power for Racial & Health Equity convening, NYC

June 21 & 22, 2018
Inspirefest keynote, Dublin

June 11, 2018
Biodiversity Funders Group, Kona, HI

June 7, 2018
Your Solution Story Matters, closing keynote, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations

April 12, 2018
Persuasive Speaking & Storytelling, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 22-25, 2018
Palliative Care Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC

March 20, 2018
Finding, Developing & Sharing Your Success Story, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Baltimore

March 16, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Advanced Study

February 15, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ


  • "WOW is the first thing that comes to mind. WOW, what a session that was. It was thought-provoking, it was imminently applicable and it was fun, great job." – James Heffernan, The Jedi Group Consultoria, Brazil

  • "Thanks for helping me become a vivid story sharer. Before I worked with you, I'm afraid I was a rambling geek with a Powerpoint presentation. Now, each time I deliver a keynote, I generate two or three more engagements from audience members. Big, big change thanks to you." – Dave Maney, Founder & Publisher, Economaney

  • “When I was calling around to check Thaler's references, one of her clients told me that she was thinking about asking Thaler to be her child's Godmother. After working with Thaler I realized that the client wasn't joking. It is rare to find a consultant like Thaler, with the right mix of expertise, intuition, centeredness, ethics and passion. As a client, I found Thaler innovative and delivering above and beyond expectations. As a participant, I discovered my storysharing abilities exceeding what I thought was evolutionarily possible.” – Damon Azali-Rojas, Director of Field Programs, Jemmott Rollins Group

  • "As a result of the group training and individual coaching that we receive from Thaler and Jay, Wellspring staff are presenting their work in ways that show more confidence and organization, while letting the passion for our work shine through." – John and Myles Taylor, Wellspring Advisors

  • "I've seen another well-known presenter on story, and he made me curious. But what I walked away from your program with was immediately implementable ways to capture and use story in my work, and to benefit my organization." – Dawn Harbatkin, MD, Executive Director, Lyon-Martin Health Services

  • “Thaler, your program was phenomenal! I was very impressed with the content, your delivery and the practical ideas we can immediately incorporate into our professional lives. You kept the program moving and everyone engaged. Your passion with your work was evident throughout. I heard from another attendee, 'this was the best session I have ever attended at Women Presidents' Organization conferences!' You truly made an impact!" – Paulette Turner, President, Integrated Leadership Concepts

  • "Thanks a million for stretching my thoughts and how I approach today and tomorrow." – Gary Cassard, Vice President & General Manager, Bright House Networks

  • "I'm a storyteller by trade, in a company that lives by story, with a truly amazing story to tell. So, in some ways, we're already there. That said, I was inspired by Thaler's deconstruction of narrative, and pointers for listening and engaging." – Steve Cooper, Director of Product Marketing, Lytro

  • "Jay is the coolest. I love the way he presents. Thaler is smart as a whip. I can't wait to hear what comes out of her mouth next. Together, they are able to break down the components of engagement in a way that we were previously unable to diagnose, let alone approach.” – Vice President, Global Education & Customer Experience, major cosmetics brand

  • "I found several things from your workshop directly applicable to my recent presentation to my board, and all grants were approved, so it was a big success. Our board chair even applauded after my presentation – a first! Thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance." – Denise Joines, Program Officer, Wilburforce Foundation

  • “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Thaler Pekar & Partners really 'get it' when it comes to helping move organizations forward in creative and positive directions. They possess a rare combination of flexibility and professionalism." -- John Seager, President, Population Connection

  • "Thaler is a communications genius with an insanely great ability to see 'through' a problem or challenge and create a story-based communications strategy to tackle the issue. She is fun to work with and obviously bright but not ego driven. It has been a privilege to work with her each time we have hired her. What I love most about her is that much of what she does is value-driven." – George Heindrichs, Former President and CEO, Intrado